Canoe/Kayak

RECAP: 2013 Slalom World Cup 3

July 03, 2013, 10:50 p.m. (ET)

fabien

(Lefevre in Canoe)

DAY 3:

Dana Mann (Washington, D.C.) placed 26th in the women’s kayak semifinal with a time of 125.49, which was +16.89 seconds behind the round’s first place finisher. Mann incurred two gate touch penalties during her run. She qualified for the semifinal with a 9th place ranking after Friday’s heats.

 

WHAT: 2013 ICF Slalom World Cup No. 3

WHERE: La Seu D’Urgell, Spain

WHEN: July 5-7

WHO: U.S. Senior National Team

Click HERE for complete results.

 

Kayaker Michal Smolen (Gastonia, N.C.) and canoeist Zach Lokken (Durango, Colo.) are not competing this weekend, as they prepare for the 2013 Under-23 World Championships in two weeks.

The rest of Team USA will have a break before 2013 Slalom World Cup No. 4 on Aug. 16-18.


DAY 2:

Fabien Lefevre (Bethesda, Md.) finished 5th in the men’s kayak final Saturday at 2013 Slalom World Cup No. 3. He crossed the line in 97.92 seconds, including one gate touch penalty. He finished +3.88 behind the first place finisher Vavrinec Hradilek of Czech Republic, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist.

Lefevre, a two-time Olympic medalist for France, reached the kayak final after placing 10th in the semifinal with a penalty-free time of 98.06. He also finished 27th in the men’s canoe semifinal with a time of 123.78.

Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe/Kayak: ““After three World Cups competing for the US, Fabien is reinforcing his trend-setting approach to the sport while raising standards within our program. Making all semi-finals in both kayak and C-1, qualifying for two finals and two top five finishes including one medal is an incredible accomplishment.”

 

WHAT: 2013 ICF Slalom World Cup No. 3

WHERE: La Seu D’Urgell, Spain

WHEN: July 5-7

WHO: U.S. Senior National Team

Click HERE for live results and streaming video.

 

In the women’s canoe semifinal, Colleen Hickey (Okawville, Ill.) and Micki Reeves (Denver, Colo.) placed 15th and 17th, respectively. Hickey finished in 154.48, which was +23.61 seconds behind the round’s first place finisher.

Lefevre, Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.) and Devin McEwan (Salisbury, Conn.) teamed up to take 8th in the men’s canoe team event with a time of 133.74, including 12 seconds of penalties.

Casey Eichfeld, Men’s Canoe: “Team runs are so much fun! I had a blast throwing down with Fabien and Devin! We were a little dirty, but we've never raced together so whatever. I am excited now for a month of training before I return back to Europe for World Cups 4 and 5 and World Championships!” 

Dana Mann (Washington, D.C.) competes in the Women’s Kayak semifinal on Sunday.

 

DAY 1 RECAP:

New U.S. paddlers Fabien Lefevre (Bethesda, Md.) and Dana Mann (Washington, D.C.) both advanced to the semifinal rounds on Day 1 of the 2013 Slalom World Cup No. 3. Lefevre, a two-time Olympic medalist for France, ranks 7th in kayak and 27th in canoe through heats. He will race in Saturday’s semifinal for both events.

In men’s kayak, Lefevre turned in a penalty-free 1st run time of 93.25, which +1.76 seconds behind the first place finisher through heats. Richard Powell (Parkesburg, Penn.) finished 43rd with a penalty-free 2nd run time of 99.07.

In men’s canoe, Lefevre finished his first run in 104.24, including two penalty seconds. Two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.) and Devin McEwan (Salisbury, Conn.) placed 34th and 40th after heats, respectively. Eichfeld’s 1st run time of 107.04 included one gate touch penalty, which was enough to knock him the Top 30 and a spot in the semifinal.

Eichfeld and McEwan teamed up to place 26th in the double canoe with a 2nd run time time of 120.13, which was +17.37 seconds behind the first place finisher through heats.

The Slovakia-born Dana Mann (Washington, D.C.) ranks 9th among women’s kayaks heading into Sunday’s semifinal. Her 2nd run time of 108.07 included two penalty seconds and was +5.25 seconds behind the first place finisher through heats. Ashley Nee (Bethesda, Md.) finished 34th with a 2nd run time of 115.14, including a gate touch penalty that kept her from advancing.

In women’s canoe, Micki Reeves (Denver, Colo.) and Colleen Hickey (Okawville, Ill.) rank 11th and 15th, respectively, and will compete in Saturday’s semifinal. Reeves turned in a 2nd run time of 136.01, which was +15.49 seconds behind the first place finisher through heats. Hickey’s 2nd run time of 144.84 included 4 gate touch penalties.

 

PREVIEW:

The 2013 Slalom World Cup series is a time for new beginnings for Fabien Lefevre (Bethesda, Md.). The U.S. National Team Member is competing in a new class and under a new flag. 

Lefevre won a Bronze medal in kayak at the 2004 Olympic Games and then a Silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games – both for France. He missed out on qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games and has decided to turn over a new leaf, or leaves.

The two-time World Champion in kayak will try his hand at single canoe (C-1) as well. He has some experience at double canoe (C-2), having won two World Championship Silver medals, but he has never competed as a solo canoeist.

“When you’re starting [a new class], you don’t know what to expect,” Lefevre said. “Every run is like a new adventure. You’ve just got to adapt. Even if you feel good for training, it doesn’t mean you will be able to race as fast as for training. Learning new stuff, it’s up to you if you are open minded and if you are able to put yourself in danger, and not trying to control all the time what you do on the water.”

Lefevre’s best results this season have been in kayak, where he’s won a Bronze medal at World Cup No. 1. But he’s been more than adequate in canoe, finishing 14th and 22nd at World Cups 1 and 2, respectively. He finished 2nd in the U.S. Team Trials behind two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.).

“I think I will improve from race to race,” Lefevre said. “It’s been only 8 months since I started C1, so even if I have four years of C2 in my background, it’s not that much. It’s different, it’s a new class. I’ve got to learn the balance of the boat is different, the lines are different, the transmission is different. I go step by step.”

Based at the Potomac Whitewater Racing Center, Lefevre will continue to race in both disciplines. At age 31, he continues to learn and put it all on the line.

“Racing at the top level for the main events, it’s not about control,” Lefevre said. “It’s about doing your best and just letting it go and having fun with the spectators and the speaker. And if you feel this atmosphere, then you are able to race at 100 percent potential.”

Eichfeld will look to qualify for his first World Cup final of the season after placing 11th and 20th in the last two events in C-1. Same goes for Eichfeld and C-2 partner Devin McEwan (Salisbury, Conn.), who together placed as high as 13th on the circuit. Zach Lokken (Durango, Colo.), 19, turned in a Top 20 finish in C-1 at World Cup No. 1.

In men’s kayak, Michal Smolen (Gastonia, N.C.) is knocking on the door of the Top 10 after finishing 14th and 20th and World Cups 1 and 2, respectively. Richard Powell (Parkesburg, Penn.), a 2008 Olympian in C-2, is trying to reach his first World Cup semifinal in K-1.

In women’s kayak, Dana Mann (Washington, D.C.) placed 14th in her one World Cup thus far this year. Ashley Nee (Bethesda, Md.) hopes to improve upon her season-best 36th place finish at World Cup No 1.

In women’s canoe, Micki Reeves (Denver, Colo.) and Colleen Hickey (Okawville, Ill.) finished 15th and 17th, respectively, at World Cup No. 2.

 

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, USA Canoe/Kayak is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Canoe Federation. It governs the Olympic disciplines of Flatwater Sprint, Whitewater Slalom, the Paralympic discipline of Paracanoe and sanctions Freestyle, Marathon, Outrigger, Wildwater, Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak Polo, Dragon Boat and Canoe Sailing in the United States. For more information about USA Canoe/Kayak, please visit us on the web at www.usack.org, on Twitter at @usacanoekayak and Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/USACanoeKayak.

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